JOHN CASH SCHOOL OF SCIENCE & ART

1899 - ?

London Metropolitan University has a rich history with strong educational roots dating back to 1848. In 1899 Sir John Cass Technical Institute was founded by Sir John Cass (1661-1718), an Alderman of the Ward of Portsoken with the revenue from a charitable trust he endowed enabled the governors of the Sir John Cass Foundation to establish first a school, and later the Technical Institute. Courses included physics, theoretical mechanics, and domestic economy (which included dressmaking, cookery, and housewifery). In 1902 King Edward VII Nautical College founded and in 1927 a department of navigation was established at the Sir John Cass Technical Institute to provide full-time courses in navigation. In 1950 Sir John Cass Technical Institute changes its name to Sir John Cass College. In 1965 The School of Art, Architecture and Design is founded as the Sir John Cass School of Art following the amalgamation of the department of silversmithing and allied crafts from the Central School of Art, and the department of fine and applied art from the Sir John Cass College. The new college takes up residence in Central House, opposite the Whitechapel Art Gallery. In 1970 The Sir John Cass College becomes the Sir John Cass School of Science and Technology, and the City of London College becomes the School of Business on their incorporation into City of London Polytechnic. In 2020 the name of the Sir John Cass is removed from the School of Art, Architecture and Design. This is in recognition of the fact that the use of his name contributes to the redemption of a man without acknowledging the enormous pain he caused as a major figure in the early development of the slave trade.